"Brick Windows" as written by and Allen D./barker Jourgensen....
Been bangin' my head against the window
Just trying to see the world outside
Some people say it doesn't matter
Some people take you for a ride

I am covered in blood and broken glass
It seems the window likes to fight

Some people say the world's on fire
Some people say the world's on ice
Some people say the world's on ice
Sweet all alone in alienation

Brick windows
I am sticking my face right through the glass
Just trying to see if the world's alive

Some people will say the window's broken
Some people will say it's all right
Some people will say it's all right
Keep bangin' my head against the wall (wall...)

Just trying to keep the past alive
Some people who make the windows shatter
Some people who make it airtight
Some people who make it airtight

Sweet all alone in alienation
Sweet all alone in alienation
Brick windows
Brick windows


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"Brick Windows" as written by Allen D. Jourgensen Alien Jourgensen

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    General Commentwow, first comment? I love this track, one of my favourites on an very underrated album.

    I think 'brick windows' is meant to symbolise something that should be transparent, but has been blocked up (obviously). You are trying to see the truth about the world, and the need to see the truth is burning and desparate ("banging my head against the window" until "covered in blood and broken glass"). However, the view is blocked and the truth about the world is hidden.

    Various people will tell you different things about what's on the other side - some say it's on fire, some say it's on ice - i.e. people will try and tell you their own versions of the truth, but you can't see it for yourself. Some people even say it doesn't matter and don't care what the reality is.

    Also I think the line "all alone in a relation" should be "Sweet all alone in alienation" - feeling alienated and alone from being shut off?

    Overall, I love how the music is so upbeat and catchy, but on closer inspection the lyrics are full of frustration and a real feeling of claustrophobia.

    This also reminds me of a line from Dylan's "Maggie's Farm" in the verse about Maggie's Pa - "his bedroom window, it is made out of bricks" - similar principle, but in comparison, Maggie's Pa doesn't want people looking into his room and wants to hide his truth from the outside world.
    littlemissnitroon July 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI quite agree with littlemissnitro and the reply about Maggie's Farm. However, I also interpret this songs in a very wide way about describing the problems with sensation and perception. If anyone is into philosophy/psychology you'll know what I'm referring to. The basic idea is that all we can know is our perception of reality, and this perception is only a distorted version of reality. The act of perceiving itself distorts reality. For example, color does not exist in nature (i.e. true reality) we perceive color because of the way light effects our eyes (i.e. the way we interpret, involuntarily, light wavelengths). The visual spectrum of light is actually only a very small portion of the entire light wavelength spectrum, etc...No matter what we can never know the absolute truth about true reality, therefore, we can never know the truth about anything. Everything is skewed and distorted. We obviously do know some things because we are able to function in the world, make predictions that come true, react to stimuli etc, but the idea is that what we know is only part of the whole that amounts to absolute truth.
    Androgyneon May 31, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is dealing with the frustration of someone trying to find his way in the world and being thwarted by Windows which he can't see through. The establishment is obscuring everything he sees and he is frustrated by it.
    skatepunk271on July 19, 2016   Link

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